"[Explores] an often overlooked but integral and arguably paramount figure in pre-1930 American Indian literary and political circles."—Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
"Editors Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu compiled a book that does not only serve as an eye-witness account of the dire years between 1901 and 1929, but also (re)establishes the legacy of an activist, poet, organizer, ethnographer, and, first and foremost, a community member devoting her life to her people."—The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
"Oddly, the explosion of scholarship about Native Americans has often featured more examples of historians talking about Indians than of scholars helping us to hear indigenous voices. This book is an exception. Thanks to Ackley and Stanciu we can now hear clearly a unique and challenging voice, set in context and brought to life by two outstanding scholars. Read and reflect."—Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign,
"This work will restore to the field of Native American studies an important but often forgotten figure. The time is right for a critical reevaluation of Laura Kellogg’s writings and political legacy."—Scott Manning Stevens, Director of the Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies,
"Our Democracy is Kellogg's most comprehensive discussion of the difficulties American Indians faced and the fullest explanation of her plan to develop cooperative industrial villages on Indian reservations."—A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff, author of Literatures of the American Indian,
"What Laura Cornelius Kellogg said in her career as an educator, author, orator, and activist is worth knowing, as Kristina Ackley and Christina Stanciu demonstrate with this edition of the Oneida woman’s Our Democracy and the American Indian, short stories, essays, speeches, and congressional testimonies."—Susan A. Brewer, Emerita Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Iroquoia
"With this publication, Ackley and Stanciu enlarge our understanding of Wisconsin Oneida history and the work of Haudenosaunee women. They challenge readers to think more broadly about the Society of American Indians and early twentieth-century activism and Native people. And, importantly, they contribute to a growing stream of scholarship in Haudenosaunee studies by scholars such as Mishuana Goeman, Penelope Kelsey, Rick Monture, and Audra Simpson that emphasizes the critical work Haudenosaunee intellectuals and activists have undertaken over generations in service to their reservation communities and their nations."—Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, assistant professor of Native American studies at the University at Buffalo, NAIS
"Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Works, … gathers Kellogg’s essays, poems, and speeches while making a convincing case for her inclusion in any discussion of the most visionary and courageous Indian intellectuals of the twentieth century."—Douglas Miller, Oklahoma State University, Transmotion
"[Explores] an oft-overlooked but integral and arguably paramount figure in pre- 1930 American Indian literary and political circles."—Penelope M. Kelsey, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers
"Editors Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu compiled a book that does not only serve as an eye-witness account of the dire years between 1901 and 1929, but also (re)establishes the legacy of an activist, poet, organizer, ethnographer, and, first and foremost, a community member devoting her life to her people."—Editors, The Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies
Laura Cornelius Kellogg was an eloquent and fierce voice in early twentieth century Native American affairs. An organizer, author, playwright, performer, and linguist, Kellogg worked tirelessly for Wisconsin Oneida cultural self-determination when efforts to Americanize Native people reached their peak. She is best known for her extraordinary book Our Democracy and the American Indian (1920) and as a founding member of the Society of American Indians. In an era of government policies aimed at assimilating Indian peoples and erasing tribal identities, Kellogg supported a transition from federal paternalism to self-government. She strongly advocated for the restoration of tribal lands, which she considered vital for keeping Native nations together and for obtaining economic security and political autonomy.
Although Kellogg was a controversial figure, alternately criticized and championed by her contemporaries, her work has endured in Oneida community memory and among scholars in Native American studies, though it has not been available to a broader audience. Ackley and Stanciu resurrect her legacy in this comprehensive volume, which includes Kellogg’s writings, speeches, photographs, congressional testimonies, and coverage in national and international newspapers of the time. In an illuminating and richly detailed introduction, the editors show how Kellogg’s prescient thinking makes her one of the most compelling Native intellectuals of her time.
Kristina Ackley is a tenured member of the faculty in Native American studies at Evergreen State College.
Cristina Stanciu is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses in American Indian studies and multiethnic literatures of the United States.
6 x 9, 336 pages, 21 black and white illustrations